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Appendix D. iPod as eBook Reader and Newsstand

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D.1.SharewareforMacintoshOSX

Macintoshfanshavealwayshadsomeofthemostinventive

sharewareintheland,andiPod-themedprogramsareno

exception.Afewofthemarelistedhere,butyoucanfindmany

moreatyourfavoriteMacsharewaresite.(Andyoucanfind

linkstoallofthefollowingonthe"MissingCD"pageat

www.missingmanuals.com.)

NewsMac.Ifyou'reahard-corenewshound,you'll

appreciateNewsMac'sabilitytokeeptabsonmyriad

computerandworldnewssitesinatidydesktopwindow.

Theprogram,showninFigureD-1,canalsosyncnews

channelstoyouriPodwithasingleclick.(Ifyoulikethe

software,NewsMac'screatorswouldappreciateaPayPal

donation.)

Pod2Go.Pod2Goisgreatfornewsaddictswhowantto

keepupwiththelatestheadlinesfromnewsoutletslikethe

BBC,CBS,WiredNews,andthemajoriPodnewssites.The

program,whichworkswithalliPodsfromtheoriginal

granddaddy5GBiPodstothe2004youngsters,can

downloadstockquotes,movielistings,localgasprices,

songlyrics,weatherforecasts,andevenheadlinesfrom

yourfavoriteblogsandotherWebsites.Thelatestversion

ofPod2GocancopyoverMacOSXAddressBookcontacts,

Safaribookmarks,andiCalschedules,plusmessagesfrom

AppleMailanddesktopStickies.



FigureD-1.NewsMacprovidesanefficientway

tosurfyourfavoriteWebsitesandtakethem

withyouonaniPod.NewsMacalsomakesa

dandyRSSreader(Section5.5)tocorral



headlinesonyourMacaswell.



ThesoftwarecanalsotransfertextfilestotheiPodtoeither

yourContactsorNotesfolder,dependingonwhichmodel

iPodyouhave.Pod2Gobecomesaddictiveafteronlyafew

syncs,anditcostsamere$12butyoucantryitoutforfree

for15days(FigureD-2).

iSpeakIt.Talkaboutweirdandwonderful:thisprogramis



designedtoturnanytext,HTML,MicrosoftWord,or

AppleWorksfileintoaspoken-wordsoundtrack,usingthe

Mac'ssynthesizedvoices.Thebeautyofthisideaisthatyou

cannowlistentoyourfavoriteWebsites,magazinearticles,

emailmessages,andotherwrittenmaterialasyoudrive,

jog,orworkoutatthegym.

Withtheclickofatoolbarbutton,iSpeakItconvertsthe

documenttoanaudiofile(FigureD-3)andautomatically

sendsitintoiTunes,readyfortransfertotheiPod.The

programcanalsoconvertdownloadednewsheadlinesand

weatherforecaststoaudiofilesfortheiPod.(Youcantinker

withtheMac'sbuilt-invoicesintheSpeechpanelofSystem

Preferencesuntilyoufindavoicethatdoesn'tremindyouof

theSwedishChefonTheMuppetShow.)Theshareware,by

MichaelZapp,whoisalsotheauthorofiPodLauncherand

iPodIt,costs$15.



FigureD-2.Pod2Gogivesnewsaddictsa

steadysupplyoffreshheadlinesfromaround

theworld.Itcanalsotransferweather

forecasts,movielistings,horoscopes,driving

directions,andtextfilesofyourchoicetothe

iPod'sContactsfolderduringasyncing

session.



Book2Pod.Unlessyou'reabigfanofhaikuorextremely

shortstories,the4KBlimitoftheiPod'sNotesprogram

mayputadamperonyoureBookreading.Asitsname

implies,theBook2Podfreewareprogramletsyoupacka

propernovelontoyouriPodbyautomaticallylinkingthose

little4KBfilestogetherintoonealmostseamlessscroll.

TheprogramworkswithMacOSX10.2andlaterandwith

iPodsreleasedin2004orlater.



Tip:Gotlotsoftimeandnotmuchmoney?HituptheProject

GutenbergWebsite(www.gutenberg.org)anddownloadgreat

worksofliteratureinconvenientelectronicform,readyforiPod

reading.ProjectGutenberghasthousandsoffree,100percent

legaleBooksinthepublicdomainthingsliketheworksof

ShakespeareandtheoriginalTarzannovelsfromthe1920sin

plaintextformatthatyoucansliceupintoiPod-friendlychunks

withprogramslikeBook2PodandiPodLibrary.Youcaneven

downloadsometitlesasMP3audiobooks(seeChapter6).



D.2.SharewareforWindows

AlthoughMacfanshaveafewmoreprogramstochoosefrom,

WindowssharewarefortheiPodhasalsopoppeduparoundthe

Web.Youcanfindlinkstoalltheseprogramsonthe"Missing

CD"pageatwww.missingmanuals.com.



FigureD-3.WithiSpeakIt,justimportorpastein

sometext,andtheprogramconvertsittoan

audiotrackandsendsittoiTuneswhereitsyncs

upwithyouriPod.



EphPod.Thenow-familiarwonderwareforWindowsdoes

morethancopysongsandOutlookcontactstotheiPod

(Section2.6.3.2)itcanalsofetchnewsandweather

updates.

iPodLibrary.SeriouseBookreaderswhojugglemultiple

formatslike.lit,.pdf,.html,and.txtcanuseiPodLibrary

(FigureD-4)togettheirdailyliteraryfix.Thisfreeprogram

canimportyourexistingeBookfiles,dicethemupinto

Notes-approved4KBbites,andlinkthemtogetherforyou

automatically.

iNote.ThissmallWindowprogramtakesgreatbiglongtext

filesandcrunchesthemdownintothelinked4KBchunks

thattheiPod'sNotesreadercaneasilydigestanddisplay.



FigureD-4.Top:TheiPodLibraryprogramfor

Windowscanconvertelectronicbooksinseveral

formatsintotheiPod'sNotesformatquicklyand

easily.JustlocateyourdesiredeBookonyour

harddrive,giveitanamesoyoucanfinditin

youriPod'sNotesfolder,andclickImport.

Bottom:OnceyoureBookhasbeenformattedand

copiedovertoyouriPod,iPodLibraryletsyou

knowyou'rereadytogo.



Colophon

MaryBradywastheproductioneditor,andMaryBradyand

MarloweShaefferweretheproofreadersforiPodandiTunes:

TheMissingManual,FourthEdition.AdamWitwer,Genevieve

d'Entremont,andDarrenKellyprovidedqualitycontrol.Mary

AnneMayoprovidedproductionassistance.JulieHawksandJ.D.

Biersdorferwrotetheindex.

ThecoverofthisbookisbasedonaseriesdesignbyDavid

Freedman.KarenMontgomeryproducedthecoverlayoutwith

AdobeInDesignCSusingAdobe'sMinionandGillSansfonts.

DavidFutatodesignedtheinteriorlayout,basedonaseries

designbyPhilSimpson.ThisbookwasconvertedbyKeith

FahlgrentoFrameMaker5.5.6.ThetextfontisAdobeMinion;

theheadingfontisAdobeFormataCondensed;andthecode

fontisLucasFont'sTheSansMonoCondensed.Theillustrations

thatappearinthebookwereproducedbyRobertRomano,

JessamynRead,andLesleyBorashusingMacromediaFreeHand

MXandAdobePhotoshopCS.



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